Mayawati showers gifts on lawyers on Ambedkar's birth anniversary
TNN | Apr 15, 2011, 06.34am IST
LUCKNOW: Chief minister Mayawati on Thursday announced sops worth Rs
610 crore for lawyers and free legal aid to dalits and poor on the
occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Addressing people after paying tributes to dalit icon Ambedkar,
Mayawati said that her government has sanctioned Rs 610 crore for
benefit of the lawyers in the state, which includes Rs 500 crore for a
new building of Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, Rs 60 crore
for the board of trustees for insurance of lawyers, pension to their
widows and computers in bar councils and an additional fund of Rs 50
crore for the library facility for judges and to meet their other
requirements. She said that funds will be utilised in consultation
with the chief justice of the Allahabad High Court.
Maya also announced that free legal facilities would be provided to
dalits, families coming under below poverty line (BPL card holders)
and beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Gareeb Arthik Madad Yojna
to contest cases, barring those in which the government is a party.
She said that the Opposition parties have only offered lip service to
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and dalits during their rule, whereas BSP
has not only constructed memorials, educational institutions and other
public utility services in the name of Babasaheb. It has also
implemented number of dalit and poor welfare schemes besides naming an
entire district after the dalit icon. She said that the criticism of
memorials by Opposition parties, particularly by the Congress shows
their casteist and anti-dalit mentality. She said that BSP is the only
party, which is following the path shown by Babasaheb.
Giving credit to her right hand man, Satish Chandra Mishra and for
pushing the case of lawyers, chief minister said that previous
governments had announced a host of schemes for lawyers but did not
made any budgetary allocation for implementation of the schemes.
She also said that Opposition parties have been misleading lawyers and
general public over the issue. Besides being brahmin face of the BSP,
Mishra is also party's national general secretary and member of Rajya
Sabha. A leading lawyer, Mishra handles all legal cases of Maya and
the party. She also gave credit to BSP MLC and advocate Gopal Narain
Mishra for raising the issues of lawyers.
Mayawati said the construction of a new building of the Lucknow bench
of Allahabad High Court has been pending for a long. "My government
decided to provide Rs 500 crore for it. While state government has
sanctioned its share amounting to 70% of the fund, the Centre has not
released its share so far," she said and added "additional funds will
also be provided if required."
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